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Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 12:00 am
 It was good to see some of the Obama swagger return during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. When the polls and the elections are going the wrong way, when the culture wars and the r
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:00 am
For the past 10 years the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have been both learning and teaching that there’s a lot more to racism than some people not liking other people. See our cover story, “Ro
Editor's Note
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 12:00 am
 We commend to you this week two pieces of writing about writing. On p. 14 our Jackie Jackson happily describes poet John Knoepfle’s new book of essays. “If you ever loved the Trout Lily Caf
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 12:00 am
Everywhere we look there is a surprising amount of hope for the new year. Even Democrats are saying Bruce Rauner could be another Jim Thompson, an amiable dealmaker who can get things done. Racial pro
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am
 Here it is, the 52nd issue of 2014, completing another year of publishing Illinois Times. This is a good time to remind us all that IT is a minor miracle, an unlikely business that somehow survi
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 am
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00 am
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:00 am
It seems downtown Springfield has been discovered by billionaires, and that’s a good thing. Bruce Rauner, who says he’ll fix up the governor’s mansion and move in, was spotted relaxing at the Br
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:00 am
 On Monday evening, just before the Ferguson decision was announced, the Springfield Race Unity Committee was holding a forum on restorative justice, a method that could improve race relations an
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am
This month’s Illinois Issues cover story on “Young black males” is recommended reading as the nation turns its attention again to Ferguson, Missouri. In the article by Maureen Foertsch McKinney,

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